The heritage railway will be doubling-up with a celebration of two important milestones next week.
The celebration taking place over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June will mark both 60 years operating as a preserved railway and 120 years since the first train in 1903 for Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.
Saturday’s festivities will focus on celebrating the railway’s preservation achievements and include the planned return to traffic of locomotive 699.01 ‘Sir Drefaldwyn’ following a substantial overhaul. It’s first passenger run will depart Llanfair at 10.55am on the 17th.
Other Saturday highlights include Chattenden and Upnor mixed train including original ‘toastrack’ carriage (non passenger carrying), Steam Locomotive Double Heading, Wickham Trolley at Llanfair, a display of ballast tamper and hopper wagons and an evening dining special hauled by 699.
Sunday will shift the focus to the line’s heritage and will kick off with a morning demonstration goods train hauled by the line’s first locomotive ‘The Earl’.
Also on Sunday, a typical mixed train including Pickering Carriages departing Welshpool at 10:20, re-enactment of the cutting of the ‘first sod’ ceremony in Welshpool at 13:20, a display of artefacts from the Railway’s history in Llanfair Connections Visitor Centre, and vintage vehicles on display at various locations.
Rover tickets allow all day travel, however a number of special trains will require a pre-booked upgrade ticket. Find out more and book your tickets here.
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